Canada’s Wilderness Aesthetic

By Staff

<p>A sinking polar bear, a melting Inuit, and a deer haloed with a Mercedes-Benz logo–each made of porcelain. Cynthia Hathaway’s “Souvenirs Revisited” collection gives classic Canadian icons a startling new treatment with political overtones.</p>
<p>Hathaway’s figurines are part of a movement in Canadian design toward what Tim McKeough calls “lumberjack chic,” a rather self-conscious take on wilderness and outdoor life. Writing in <i>The Walrus</i> (subscription required), McKeough <a href=”http://www.walrusmagazine.com/u/register/teaser.php?ref=2008.03-design-mountie-canadian” target=”_blank”>highlights</a> several designers who employ an “aesthetic [that] doesn’t so much reflect modern Canadian culture as it does other people’s expectations of what it means to be Canadian.”</p>
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